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Johnsen and Bothheim cup champions with Malmö after penalty drama

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Supporters with flares during the cup final. Photo: Andreas Hillergren / TT / NTB

Of NTB | 05/01/2024 17:23:58

Sport: Malmö thus secured their 16th cup trophy, which is eight more than AIK and IFK Göteborg. The light blues from the south won the last cup in 2022, and they had to wait the longest in Wednesday’s final match.

Tobias Gulliksen and Haris Radetinac both misused their attempts in the penalty shootout. Malmö goalkeeper Johan Dahlin saved. Lasse Berg Johnsen scored the decisive penalty.

Häcken won last year under the leadership of Per-Mathias Høgmo.

Lasse Berg Johnsen (Malmö) and Tobias Gulliksen (Djurgården) each contributed a goal-giving pass in the match. Erik Bothheim also started for Malmö and was replaced after 73 minutes. Gustav Wikheim was substituted for Djurgården ten minutes earlier. Tokmac Nguyen had to sit out the game as a result of a recent sending off.

The match was stopped after around a quarter of an hour of play in the second half after supporters had destroyed the safety net. Then the match was still goalless.

The relevant safety net hung in front of Djurgården’s fans. Objects that were thrown at the pitch are said to have caused the net to break and get several holes.

The match was resumed after just over a quarter of an hour.

– There are problems as soon as we get a corner, fixed situations, then they break us into the ground. It’s a penalty every single time, and we’d rather get a yellow card, it would have been fun if the referees judged according to the rulebook. It is impossible to score when you are held so hard, it is actually embarrassing, said Bergstrand to SVT.

Early in the second half, Djurgården called for another penalty when Gustav Wikheim went down in a duel with Malmö’s Gabriel Busanello. Even then, the request was not granted by judge Adam Ladebäck.

But Djurgården fought back, and ten minutes later another Norwegian was involved in scoring. Gulliksen pulled himself free on the edge and hit the ball in front of the goal. Deniz Hümmet was waiting there, who tipped it into the far corner.

After goalless extra time, the match had to be decided in a penalty shootout.

Before the net broke, the match was already at a high temperature. Djurgården’s coach Kim Bergstrand raged at half-time that his own team had not been awarded a penalty kick.

Taha Abdi Ali was substituted for Malmö after an hour of play and made himself count ten minutes later. Johnsen won the ball in midfield and hit a beautifully weighted pass forward. Ali then took it with him and chipped it over the keeper and into the goal.

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